SPARQ's Ignite in Poole's Performance

2011 prospect Jawan Poole showed off his talents recently at the Nike Baltimore Combine.

It is well-known among recruiting fanatics that a lot of buzz has recently surrounded North Point (Waldorf, Md.) three-star linebacker Conner Crowell. But, are Division 1-A colleges overlooking another outstanding junior prospect from the same school?

RB/LB/SS Jawan Poole showed his stuff during Saturday's “Nike Baltimore Combine” at Annapolis High School, posting a 4.73-second 40-yard dash, a 4.31-second agility shuttle, a 31.7-inch vertical jump and a 42-foot power toss - a test in which someone holds a medicine ball above his head while kneeling before extending his body forward and launching the ball.

These numbers combined to form a 107.25 SPARQ Rating, a performance evaluation of a player's athleticism and strength. Poole's score ranked among the day's highest.

According to Poole, Stanford, Maryland and West Virginia have shown only minimal interest in him, responding to e-mails and asking him to attend their summer camps. “I think it's kind of my fault for not getting my name out in the earlier years” at my high school, said Poole. The soon-to-be senior has started two years for the Eagles, mostly playing linebacker and safety.

Poole seems sure of what to do in order to bring more recruiters his way, strengthen the bonds he has already made with some and prepare himself for the next level.

“I'm going to have to be perfect on Friday[s],” Poole said. “I got to do what I got to do in the classroom. But most importantly, people will love very 'charactered' football players. Work ethic and smarts on the field is going to help me play Division 1 football.”

Poole added that he gets angry with himself if he accidentally skips even one day of his regular workouts. It appears as though he knows he's a stud on the field, but that self-assurance hasn't satisfied his hunger for improvement.

“I'm glad about what I did,” Poole said after his performance on Saturday. But, “I think I could've did a little better. I always feel that way, though, so it's nothing new.”

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